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John Brown's Body/Broke by Monday 

When: Fri., Dec. 12, 9 p.m. 2014
Price: $12 ADV, $15 DOS
Elsewhere in this humble rag, we referred to John Brown’s Body and their 20-year career arc as “magnetic,” and that’s a huge part of their reputation. On one hand, they’re like a roots reggae farm team. They breed fine New England musicians, who then go into the world and create other, similarly awesome bands. On the other hand, the sort of music John Brown’s Body puts out there -- “future roots music,” as it were -- is an enticing blend of dub, dubstep, electronic and hip-hop. Plus plenty of reggae, of course. It could be argued that the band’s seminal peak rests in 2003’s Spirits All Around Us, which captures frontman Elliot Martin’s vision in each of its 14 cuts. If you’re into roots reggae, this is a mandatory album. Still, 2013’s Kings and Queens keeps the pedal on the floor, if only perhaps with more pressure from the electronic sides of the band. (Sandy)


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